Speculation surrounding a rumored romance between Houston Rockets star James Harden and R&B singer Ashanti has taken another step forward with a report alleging the latest goings-on involving the would-be super-couple.
A source purportedly close to Harden told gossip site Terez Owens that Ashanti attended the Rockets’ 122-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center on Wednesday night. The Game 5 win punched the Rockets’ ticket for a spot in one of the two upcoming Western Conference semifinal series.
“James Harden put Ashanti up at a Houston hotel, then she sat with his family at the game and he bought her flowers,” a source close to Harden told Terez Owens. “They are 100% in a relationship.”
The New York Post notes that Ashanti posted several pics and videos to her Instagram story on Wednesday as the Rockets easily cruised to a victory. Harden was originally linked to Ashanti earlier his month in a story from Sports Gossip.
That said, Harden has not gone public with the romance, and there’s a good chance it’s due to how uncomfortable his last high-profile relationship made him. Harden dated Khloe Kardashian starting in 2015 for eight months, and it’s clear he did not enjoy the spotlight that came with being involved with one of the stars of the reality show clan.
“I feel like it was for no reason,” Harden said of the media frenzy surrounding his relationship with Kardashian. “I wasn’t getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don’t need that. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it wasn’t me.
“… I don’t need pictures of myself when I’m driving my car. Who cares? What shoes am I wearing? Who cares? Where am I eating? Who cares? It was unnecessary stuff that I think trickled down to my teammates. I had to eliminate that.”
It certainly appears that Harden learned a valuable lesson and is not about to experience the same pitfalls with Ashanti. That is, if the relationship rumors are indeed true.